A spiritual crisis has swept across this nation that has decimated families from all walks of life. The mental health care industry has come to the conclusion that as people disconnect themselves from one another and isolate themselves more and more, they tend to take on self destructive behaviors that lead to mental and physical health problems.
In his New York Times bestseller, Lost Connections, author Johann Hari had this to say about the roots of depression and anxiety; “It was only a long time into talking with these social scientists that I realized every one of the social and psychological causes of depression and anxiety they have discovered has something in common. They are all forms of disconnection. They are all ways in which we have been cut off from something we innately need but seem to have lost along the way.” (p. 59 – Kindle Edition)
Mr. Hari and others sees the disconnection among people as a primary cause to the mental health crisis, as well as the opioid problem in America, but what they don’t realize is that this goes beyond the physical and reaches into the spiritual.
In the book of Matthew, chapter twenty two, Jesus was asked what was the great command in the Law. In his answer, he gave the solution to all of our problems.
Master, which is the great commandment in the Law? Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. ~Matt 22:36-40
We have lost, not only a connection and a love for our neighbor, but we are disconnected from the Love of God. Our vision at Family Bible Church is to grow in our love for one another, and our love for God through Jesus Christ. We believe that getting back to these basic principles will not only bring mental healing, but also a spiritual healing that will last for all eternity.
True and lasting joy can only be found in loving God and loving one another. I hope you will join us on this journey.
To carry out our vision, we want to build a network of small house churches each led by a pastor or two that is willing to continue working a regular job. By having services in ones home, and not a church building, along with not financially burdening the church by paying a regular salary to a pastoral staff, we believe this allows us to focus, not just our finances, but our efforts on what is truly needful.
Second Timothy chapter two verse two says; “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.“ We want to make disciples that not only learn how to study, defend, share and live out the Word of God, but disciples that will learn how to raise up other disciples who will do the same.
We want to see faithful men and women that will be raised up from among us that will replicate what they learned and begin a new house church. We want to do this, not just through verbal instruction, but through practical examples, the same way in which Jesus taught his disciples.
After serving seven years as an elder at Village Bible Church in Greenwood, Indiana, Pastor Jeff felt called of the Lord to start Family Bible Church in Columbus (FBC). Needless to say, the approach to “doing church” is quite different from Village, but after much prayer and discussion, the elders at Village felt led to support and sponsor Jeff in this new approach. Even though Family Bible is autonomous and independent from its parent church, the elders at Village are only a call away for guidance and assistance.
The New Testament church was truly our example on how to take this approach. It may not necessary be the traditional way of “doing church” in America, but this has been the approach taken by many throughout the centuries, especially in places where the gospel message was being oppressed by some ruling authority.